Metropole Hotel Shanghai (formerly known as the Ducheng Hotel), first opened in 1930 – thought by some to be the heyday of Shanghai's International Settlement period. The Metropole Hotel Shanghai is located in the city center, only a five minutes' walk from the Shanghai's historic Bund area, 18 kilometers from Hongqiao Airport and five kilometers from the railway station. Guests can catch buses to Pudong International Airport from the hotel's front steps.
From the very beginning, it was distinctive – even among the lavish foreign-styled buildings of the day.
This was partly due to its Baroque semi-round tower and other delightful period architectural features, but also thanks to its perfect position in the heart of Shanghai's downtown area.
Metropole Hotel Shanghai faces the picturesque Bund on the east, Nanjing Road, a shopper's paradise, on the north and the historical Yu Garden on the south. The Hotel is very close to the Shanghai City Hall, economic & trade corporations and financial institutions.
In the lobby of the hotel, there are ancient style hexagonal pendant lamps, Spiral gilded stairs, delicate patterned carving and Gothic artistic decoration. Even on every lamp, a bundle of flower and grass are castled a graceful halo. They are constructed with the modern simple life. They fully expose the classic glamour of the European continent.
People can steal some leisure here by escaping the busy outside world and relax the tense nerve, getting the utmost enjoyment. The hotel has complete auxiliary leisure facilities and provides perfect secretarial services in its business center. It has large and small conference halls. No matter on business or for fitness. You will find satisfaction here. The hotel enjoys a unique central location and retains a little of its original Art Deco splendor. The 145 rooms on offer are all tastefully decorated and come with standard amenities and facilities for comfort and convenience. Some rooms offer views of Pudong's Oriental TV Tower.
There are eight different restaurants here serving fine Chinese cuisine. The Metropole Hotel bar is a great place to socialize while enjoying expertly-mixed cocktails.
For business travelers, there are meeting rooms for hire, as well as a 24-hour business center offering telex, fax, international calling and photocopying services.
Recreation facilities here include a sauna, beauty salon and a gymnasium. Other facilities available include safes, a foreign exchange desk, room services, travel desk and an arts and crafts arcade.
Opened 1930. Renovated in 2008.